Travels through the States of North America, and the Provinces. Isaac WELD, Jr.

Travels through the States of North America, and the Provinces

Item #78644

WELD, Isaac, Jr. Travels through the States of North America, and the Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada, during the Years 1795, 1796, and 1797. London: Printed for John Stockdale, 1799. xxiv,464pp., plus 16 maps and plates (one folding). 4to. Contemporary 3/4 calf and marbled boards, rebacked in matching style with original spine label laid down, endpapers refreshed. Boards rubbed, corners and edges slightly worn, lower spine a bit scuffed. Contemporary ownership inscription ("D. Erskine") on frontispiece recto, early bookplate laid in. Light tanning and foxing. Very good. HOWES W-235, "aa." Clark II:132. ESTC T110539. Gagnon I:3701. Lande 890. JCB II:4062. Sabin 192541. Scheidley 170. TPL 708. Reese, Federal Hundred 78. Weld, an Irishman, arrived in Philadelphia in late 1795 at the age of nineteen. His observations during two years of travels through eastern North America and Canada, told through a series of letters, comprise one of the most popular narratives of the day. Story wrote that "his account of Canada (letters 21-25) is a clear and sustained description of an area and a way of life that pleased him more than had the United States." Weld made one trip south as far as Virginia, as well as crossing Pennsylvania and New York. He said that he left the United States "without a sigh, and without entertaining the slightest wish to revisit it." The engraved plates are after sketches by the author. The map, with its borders and those of the states colored by hand, shows the East Coast of America south through North Carolina, with an inset map of South Carolina, and west through the Great Lakes region.

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